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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2018
Introduced at:2018 Auto China
Internal name:F87
Source:Company press release
Last updated:April 18, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionBMW M GmbH is setting an elevated benchmark in the compact high-performance sports car segment. The new BMW M2 Competition represents a complete reworking of a car that, in its original incarnation, was already a class-leading sports car. A new powerplant boasts a substantial jump in power compared to the previous engine, while changes to the steering, braking system, exhaust and suspension are all wrapped in a revised exterior design that has been enhanced for aerodynamic efficiency.

These alterations to the BMW M2 Competition means it can offer unrivalled all round performance in class and post some impressive headline statistics. It accelerates from zero to 62mph in 4.2 seconds (M DCT transmission, 4.4 seconds with manual gearbox), before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Upgrade to the optional competition-focused M Driver's Package and that top speed increases to 170mph. Revised chassis tuning and an upgraded brake system means it handles sharper than the original M2.

There are some visual differences that set the Competition model apart from the standard M2; a new front spoiler design and kidney grille finished in high-gloss Shadow Line black, which also feature on the side gills on the front wings, and for the redesigned quartet of tailpipes in the twin exhaust system. A dark M Competition badge graces the rear end of the car, while the race-inspired design of the new double-arm door mirrors improve the aerodynamics.

BMW's M engineers have also adjusted the dynamics to take the increased performance into account, including a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) high-precision strut from the BMW M3/M4 in the engine compartment. This improves front section rigidity and increases steering precision.

The twin-turbocharged six-cylinder in-line engine, offers the best of both worlds: It guarantees a unique appetite for revs for a turbocharged engine, offers exceptionally linear power delivery across a broad rev range and possesses a distinctive engine sound.

M TwinPower Turbo technology also provides unbeatable torque, available across a wide rev band. The engine boasts outstanding efficiency, delivering 410hp between 5,250 and 7,000rpm, while peak torque of 550Nm is on tap between 2,350 and 5,200rpm.

Such explosive power in a small package allows the M2 Competition to complete the zero to 62mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155mph, but can be increased to 170mph with the optional competition-based M Driver's Package. In addition, fuel economy is very sensible, with 28.5mpg combined with a six-speed manual gearbox (CO2 225g/km), or 30.7mpg with the optional M DCT auto CO2 209g/km).

BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology consists of two rapid-response MonoScroll turbochargers, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.

The valve and camshaft timing work in tandem for maximum variability of the control intake valve lift, resulting in razor-sharp responses and optimal power delivery.

Fuel consumption and exhaust emissions are also reduced. A 'closed deck' design increases crankcase rigidity for the six-cylinder engine and allows cylinder pressures to be increased for optimum power output. Brushless, LDS-coated cylinder bores also lead to a significant reduction in weight. LDS stands for lightbogendrahtspritzen and is a way of spraying a high temperature metal very thinly onto a surface so it is very strong and durable but its thinness means it produces a lighter surface than previously possible.

Maintaining consistent levels of oil supply is particularly challenging, thanks to the dynamic performance of the BMW M2 Competition, but BMW's extensive motor racing experience has the chance to shine through. For example, an additional oil sump cover helps to limit the movement of lubricants when the car suddenly changes direction. Under extreme acceleration and deceleration, an oil extraction pump and a sophisticated oil return system situated close to the turbocharger also help to maintain uninterrupted oil circulation. Oil is supplied continuously to all engine components in all driving situations - whether in everyday motoring or hard driving on the track.

The BMW M2 Competition features a range of measures designed to deal with the increased cooling requirements, compared with the engines in previous models. An enlarged BMW kidney and a new front skirt with modified air stream improve the flow for the front of the car.

The car also makes use of the race-tested cooling system of the BMW M4 with the Competition Package, consisting of one central radiator, two side radiators and an additional engine oil cooler. Cars making use of the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) also feature a transmission oil cooler.

This sophisticated system ensures that ideal operating temperatures are maintained on short city journeys during everyday use, as well as out on the racetrack.

In addition to the new engine, the M2 Competition features a completely new exhaust system. The dual-branch design has a new silencer while the four tailpipes, finished in black chrome, mark it out as a BMW M model. Two electronically-controlled flaps ensure that the BMW M2 Competition delivers a distinctive BMW M Sound, which the driver can adjust by selecting a driving mode with M Dynamic Performance Control - by pressing a selector switch on the centre console.

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